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LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD ALL-HANDS WORKSHOP LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD A Community / Partner Conversation Metropolitan Housing Alliance Quadel Consulting/TCG Fennell Purifoy Urban Collage December 6, 2012 Thursday, 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Slide 2 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 2 Introduction Metropolitan Housing Alliance City Manager Slide 3 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 1.INFORM the community and the stakeholders about CN process 2.SHARE the summary of existing condition assessment and community needs based on data analysis 3.SEEK feedback on current issues and vision for the community All Hands Goals 3 Slide 4 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Evening Agenda The Choice Neighborhood GPS Where weve been Why were doing this Who is involved Where we are Existing conditions analysis Survey highlights Where were going Your insights and help to transform a distressed neighborhood to one that is strong, healthy, viable and safe 4 Slide 5 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Where Weve Been Latonya Wilson, MHA 5 Slide 6 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 6 What is Choice Neighborhood? Choice Neighborhoods grants transform distressed neighborhoods and public and assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed- income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. Grants Planning Grants: comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy or Transformation Plan Implementation Grants: gather and leverage resources from public and private agencies to support the financial sustainability and implementation of the Transformation Plan CN Overview Slide 7 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Things are happening: Promise Neighborhood Neighborhood Stabilization Sustainable Communities Pulaski Empowerment Zone But, there are issues: Affected by high crime Physical distressed Some areas are isolated Vacancy rate 3.6 times higher than county The Study Area: Why? Promise Neighborhood Pulaski Empowerment Zone 12th Street Corridor Central Business District Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 2 7 Slide 8 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Promise vs. Choice Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood Little Rock Choice Neighborhood U.S. Department of Education Grantee: University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Program: Improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth Goals: Education Cradle through College to Career Outcomes: Community Needs Assessment & Asset Mapping Report U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Grantee: Metropolitan Housing Alliance Program: Transform distressed neighborhoods through housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs Goals: People, Housing, Neighborhoods Outcomes: Neighborhood Transformation Plan 8 Slide 9 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Housing Residents City of Little Rock Volunteers of America LR Landbank LR Community and Housing Advisory Board Neighborhood Residents City of Little Rock CATA MetroPlan Chamber of Commerce LR Police Department ACHANGE Downtown Partnerships Pulaski County EZ Audubon People - Education Residents LR School District Promise Neighborhood Team UALR New Futures for Youth People - CSS Residents AR Dept. of Health AR Childrens Hospital Central AR Library System HIPPY LR Community Mental Health Stevens Community Center LR Workforce Investment Board Project Organization MHA Executive Director MHA CN Coordinator Working Group Chairs Resources Quadel / TCG (Planning Coordinator) Fennel Purifoy Urban Collage Evaluation Hunter Bacot, Institute of Government, UALR 9 Slide 10 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD CCC Meeting (March, 2012): Kick-off / organizational meeting in advance of HUD visit Resident Meeting (April, 2012): Included in HUD site visit agenda CCC Meeting (August, 2012): Update on CN progress, challenges and future steps Quotes from the meetings Neighborhood Association Meetings: Pine to Woodrow Forest Hills Love Neighborhood Stephens Area Faith Elm Street Sunset Terrace Wright Avenue Stakeholder Engagement 10 Slide 11 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 11 Resident Responses Concerns Safety for children- bus routes, bullying Crime (drugs, robbery) Lack of parental involvement Transportation Quality of education/ pace of learning Need more tutoring Church/ community support Too many liquor stores Increase of home owners insurance rates Abandon Housing Violence Prostitution Suggested Solutions Alcohol & Liquor Store Ordinances Police Presence (slow response time) Information sharing process/ Discriminated info/ Res. Jobs Strengthen youth programs/ trade programs Internal community centers/offices/open space for teaching Put gym back in school (P.E.) Community Enrichment classes More after school programs More accountability for organizations in places Sidewalk, street improvement, paved alleys, street lights Noise ordinance signs Designated trash drives Slide 12 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Issues Quality of education / Pace of learning Truancy Lack of kindergarten readiness Low 3 rd grade reading scores High drop out rates Challenges Staff limitations Lack of tutoring Lack of (affordable) after school programs Increasing parental involvement in child(ren)s education 12 Our Dialogue: Education Slide 13 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Issues Robbery, drug activity, prostitution Increase in domestic violence Illegal dumping, loitering / squatting Code Enforcement Issue Challenges Number of liquor stores Food Desert Medical Desert Underperforming schools 13 Our Dialogue: Safety Slide 14 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 14 Our Dialogue: Housing Issues Abandoned / deteriorated homes Escalating need for maintenance Lack of energy efficiency Need for weatherization Hard to obtain home owners insurance Challenges Limited household budgets for home improvements Lack of federal monies for home improvement Slide 15 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 15 Key Concerns Education Makes schools more secure Reduce / eliminate truancy Improve educational quality Safety Many types of crime common More officers / quicker response times Housing Addressing abandoned housing Providing maintenance support Slide 16 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 16 Recent Progress New Childrens Library Spring 2013 One of few in the nation 12 th Street Police Substation Increased Safety Presence Mixed Use BCD Empowerment Center Increased capacity to serve community Residential Treatment Center UAMS Clinic Free medical service Specializes in treating prevalent illnesses within community Slide 17 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Where We Are Melodee Melin, Quadel Consulting John Skach, Urban Collage Tom Fennell, Fennell Purifoy Architects 17 Slide 18 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD What Are The Components? People health and public safety; employment and training; youth and senior services; education and training cradle to career; high performing schools Housing Energy efficient, sustainable, accessible, with internet connectivity; mixed income; physically and financially viable Neighborhoods High quality parks and recreational facilities; effective public transit, walking and biking options to connect to work and/or local services; access to economic development and employment opportunities; shopping and neighborhood services; healthy foods. CN Overview 18 Slide 19 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Typical Process we are here 19 Slide 20 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Create a Neighborhood Transformation Plan MHA will work collaboratively with its partners, CCC members and stakeholders to construct a Neighborhood Transformation Plan which will include Sunset Terrace, Elm Street Apartments, Central High and Stephens Neighborhoods. This plan is needed to apply for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. Apply for implementation funds MHA will apply for a HUD CN Implementation Grant to transform and revitalize the CN community. Submission date: March 2013. Competition for these grants is intense CN Outcomes 20 Slide 21 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD Sunset Terrace - Public housing Building deficiencies water leaks, cracked foundation, poor grading Design deficiencies unit size below avg. for new construction, inefficient use of space, units lack modern amenities Elm Street - Section 8 Building deficiencies roof deck damage, outdated electrical system Design deficiencies single point entry to the building, lack of amenities Sunset Terrace Elm Street Target Sites 21 Slide 22 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 22 Survey Highlights: Elm Street 29 of 42 households responded 18 have resided 5 years or less 28 are employed Transportation Mode: Walking (13), Biking (10), and Bus (8) - are the primary means 15 reported no trouble using public transportation but 15 cited transportation as a barrier for persons with disabilities 12 reported transportation as a job barrier Slide 23 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 23 Survey Highlights: Elm Street Job related Training Needs: Small Business Start-up, Computer, Vocational & Job Readiness Neighborhood needs: Indoor & Outdoor Recreation & Parks 21 Listed the need for Sidewalk, Paving and Curb repair Doctors office, Library, and Laundromat Public Safety: 14 feel unsafe walking through the area Top Health needs: Dental & Eye Care Services Outdoor facilities Needs: Basketball Court, Passive Park, Landscaping, Community garden A Gym was the top need followed by Parks, Restaurants, Shopping, Computer Center, Banks Slide 24 LITTLE ROCK CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD 24 Survey Highlights: Sunset Terrace 29 of 73 households responded 20 have resided 0-5 years Health Care is the primary field of employment Bus is the primary mode of transportation Barriers to employment: Transportation, Lack of Training or Education Training Desired: GED Adult Education, Computer, Job Readiness, Vocational Training, Small Business Neighborhood Needs: Laundromat, Gro

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